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As teachers, you may want to find resources that assist you with teaching, or find out what the latest news from the Curriculum Committee is, or find out who to contact about what.  As students you may want help about people, places, policies and other “p’s” in the Undergraduate Medical Education program. We have published two resources recently: The first … Continue reading

The Education Team is providing workshops for new faculty (and those who’d like a refresher) on a variety of topics. What we’ll cover: The 3.5 hour session will give you the basic tools you need, including: • Foundations of the UGME curriculum • Who’s Who in UGME & what they can help you with • Introduction to Small Group Learning … Continue reading

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By Heather Murray, MD, and Eve Purdy, MD Candidate, 2015 For many medical students, the process involved in turning a presenting complaint into an appropriate and focused differential diagnosis seems like a big black box. For clinicians who do this many times every day, the process is unconscious, and it is hard to explain to medical student learners how to … Continue reading

MedEdPortal is a repository of online modules, and other tools that are vigourously peer-reviewed and suitable for medical and other health professions education. To find out more about this great resource, to to their short video: www.mededportal.org/about

Exam Wrappers Here’s a new and very interesting tool called “Exam Wrappers” that you can add to your exam review after mid-terms and even finals. It enables students to think more carefully about their studying and learning. It is from a chapter by Marsha C. Lovett, (2013) Chapter 2, in Make Exams Worth More Than the Grade, in the book, … Continue reading

Queen’s own Dr. Adrian Baranchuk is the Editor of the newly published Atlas of Advanced Electrocardiogram Interpretation. With Contributing Editors Drs. Hoshiar Abdollah, Damian Redfearn, and Christopher Simpson, one could call this “The Queen’s Atlas of ECG”! The atlas is “a practical guide to recognizing and analysing a wide spectrum of cardiac conditions.” There is free access for the next … Continue reading

Here is a great teaching idea from Dr.Geraldine Van Gyn, professor in the School of Exercise Science at the University of Victoria. She writes in the e-zine Faculty Focus about the “Purposeful Reading Assignment” or the “3-2-1″ assignment. It goes like this: Requirement 1: Students read what is assigned, then choose and describe the three most important aspects (concepts, issues, … Continue reading

Dr. Kanji Nakatsu shared this resource with us recently.  It’s a bank of Case Reports, from Biomed Central and supplemented by the Journal of Medical Case Reports.  It is searchable and freely accessible.  This is a resource for physicians, but may also be used in medical education.  “By bringing similar case reports together, through the Cases Database, researchers and clinicians … Continue reading

The newly-updated Faculty Resources Community is now available in MEdTech Central. This online resource contains great teaching and assessment ideas, highlights of Curriculum Committee, notes and slides from the retreats, and more. The resource material available includes refresher instructions on the audio-visual equipment in teaching theatres 132 and 032 (including a map of the numbered student microphones), e-learning resources and … Continue reading

Obtaining IDEAL Consortium Questions Queen’s School of Medicine has joined the IDEAL Consortium, an international assessment item-sharing collaboration among Schools of Medicine. The Consortium has 27 member schools from 11 countries. Queen’s and UBC are currently the only Canadian members. The IDEAL Restricted Question Bank contains over 20,625 assessment items including 17,109 MCQs, 539 short-answer questions and 461 OSCE stations.  … Continue reading

  • Meds students to discuss nutrition at next Queen’s Medicine Health Talks
    Published Tue, April 15, 2014

    Next, Thursday, April 17, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., Queen’s Medical students are giving another in the Queen’s Medicine Health Talks for the public. This time, the topic is Nutrition and Dr. Cathy Ferri, PhD, Nutritional Physiology, will field questions after the talk. The talk is given in Room 132 of the School of Medicine Building at 15 Arch Street. … Continue reading

  • Curricular Council Meeting Highlights Wednesday April 9, 2014 at 4:30 pm
    Published Fri, April 11, 2014

    Admissions: Admission for the UGME program is becoming increasingly complex.  Not only have applications for the general MD streams increased by 14% over last year, we also now admit students to the MD/PhD and QuARMS programs. The general admissions process relies heavily on a large number of faculty participants to review application files and to participate in the interview process.  … Continue reading

  • Can students achieve excellence without stress or competition?
    Published Mon, April 7, 2014

    Striving for a Culture of Competency A few days ago walking through the hospital I ran into a very excited third year medical student who was anxious to tell me about a recent clinical experience.  Apparently she’d admitted a patient with a complex array of medical problems and, after considering the differential diagnosis, ordered a test that confirmed the presence … Continue reading

  • MD Program Executive Committee Meeting Highlights Wednesday March 19, 2014 at 4:30 pm
    Published Mon, March 24, 2014

    AAMC Curricular Inventory – UPDATE:  Data for this initiative was not submitted as it was felt that the submission did not adequately reflect the curriculum.  The problem was a result of the categories available for mapping of our instructional methods to the LCME methods.  Work will continue on this project with the hope that submissions can be made in the … Continue reading

  • What students have to teach us about lectures
    Published Sun, March 23, 2014

    On Feb. 20, 2014, as part of the Queen’s Medical Health Talks, a group of first year students gave a lecture to the community about heart health one of a planned series, with the next coming up March 27.  It was a terrific presentation and the students had obviously worked very hard at putting the medical expertise together.  I learned … Continue reading